Mortally wounded in the attack on Fort Wagner, Charleston, South Carolina in 1863
(1832-63) Born in Stockbridge, Vermont, he graduated #5 in the West Point class of 1857. He was commissioned 1st lieutenant, January 25, 1861. Strong served on the staffs of Generals' Irvin McDowell, George B. McClellan and Benjamin F. Butler respectively. He was promoted to major, on October 1, 1861, and he aided in organizing the expedition which occupied New Orleans and became General Butler's chief of staff. He was promoted to brigadier general, on November 29, 1862, and in the operations against Charleston, South Carolina, he commanded a brigade which was the first to land on Morris Island. On July 18, 1863, during the assault on Fort Wagner, General Strong was mortally wounded while leading the storming column, which included the 54th Massachusetts Colored Infantry. He was promoted to major general to rank from July 18, 1863, and died 12 days later. He is buried in Greenwood Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York.
Wet plate, albumen carte de visite photograph, mounted to 2 3/8 x 4 card. Early war, standing view wearing a double breasted frock coat with rank of major. He is sporting his thick mustache, and proudly poses for the camera with a regal bearing. Back mark, E. & H.T. Anthony, 501 Broadway, New York, From Photographic Negative in Brady's National Portrait Gallery. Has a 2 cents orange, George Washington, U.S. Internal Revenue Proprietary tax stamp on the verso. Very fine, early war image taken circa 1861. Very desirable, and scarce general to find much material on.